Tuesday, 23 September 2008


André from Portugal sent me this nice FDC issued in June 2008 that highlights six lighthouse buildings from Portugal and its Açores and Madeira islands. The first historical reference to Portuguese lighthouses dates back to around 1515 - the lighthouse at Cape St. Vincent convent and predecessor of the present-day lighthouse, which is equipped with the most powerful optic ever used in Portugal. It was the Age of Discoveries (Brazil was discovered by Cabral fleet in 1500). Portugal, having a long shoreline with many harbours and rivers flowing westward to the ocean, had been an ideal environment to raise generations of adventurous seamen and lighthouses came to guide them.
Thank you a lot ( Muito obrigado, caro amigo!)

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